Discoveries at the Intersection of Life Sciences and Computing

We are training the next generation of leaders in bioinformatics research. Merit-based and service-based scholarships are available to support our students.

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The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis in genomics, proteomics and systems biology. The Bioinformatics program is built upon the research strengths and bioinformatics infrastructure at the Protein Information Resource (PIR) and Georgetown University. It is uniquely located in the nation’s capital, in a hub for federal agencies (including the NIH, NCI, FDA and NIST) and thousands of biotechnology companies.

The Georgetown Difference

Faculty Experts

Courses are taught by respected leaders in the field of bioinformatics.

Ideal Location

Students take internships around Washington, D.C., home to federal agencies and biohealth companies.


Part-time, full-time and accelerated schedules allow students to earn the degree in 2-3 semesters.

Students will take computer lab courses and a mandatory bioinformatics internship in order to gain comprehensive experience in applying bioinformatics research, from basic molecular sequence analysis to advanced high-throughput omics data analysis.

Internship Experience

Browse our students’ internship presentations to learn about the research and professional development opportunities available through the M.S. in Bioinformatics program.

Why Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics, the intersection of the biological and computational sciences, is essential to 21st-century biomedical research and fundamental to the modern-day study of biology. The field encompasses the development and application of computational tools and techniques for the collection, analysis, management, and visualization of biological data, as well as modeling and simulation methods for the study of biological systems.

The completion of the human genome sequence marked the beginning of a new era of complex biological data analytics. Scientists began to systematically tackle gene function and complex biological processes by studying organisms at the global scale, from genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes to metabolomes and interactomes. Bioinformatics has a critical role in advancing high-throughput biotechnologies, large-scale bioscience, biotechnology, drug discovery, disease diagnosis, and systems medicine.

Graduates of the program will have gained knowledge and experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics, making them great candidates for job positions in the D.C. biotechnology hub. Graduates often pursue a career in industry, government or academia, or pursue another advanced degree such as an M.S., Ph.D., or M.D.

Career Advancement

Our students benefit from the services of the Biomedical Graduate Education career office, including one-on-one advising, skills workshops, leadership programs and more.